As I write, a group calling itself ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and Racism… ANSW-
Near Chicago, the bench trial of a black policeman charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of World War II veteran John Wrana just ended, with a ruling expected early February.
Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Wrana-
The hate of Ismaaiyl Brinsley who coolly assassinated two policeman in New York was certainly fanned by five months of continuous press coverage and protests against police, growing in heat and intensity until December 13 when a large group of “activists” marched through the streets of Manhattan chanting "Whadda we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” Days later two Brooklyn policemen were ambushed and murdered by an angry Brinsley, seeking to avenge the black man, Eric Garner, of whom he had heard so much for so long.
Following the assassinations, ‘movement’ leaders bristled at any suggestion they pause their protests. Al Sharpton’s powerful political ally, New York City’s rookie Mayor Bill de Blasio, requested that protests cease while families of the policemen bury their dead: “Let’s comfort these families, let’s see them through these funerals,” he said, “Then debate can begin again.” Sharpton rebuffed him, calling it: “an ill-
John Wrana, 95, was one of the last of what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation” who sprouted midst the Great Depression. A decorated Army Air Corps veteran of the US campaign in Burma, he lived at the Victory Center assisted care facility in Park Forest, IL, a postwar suburb nicknamed “GI town”, with road names like ‘Victory’ and ‘Liberty’, built to house returning WWII veterans and their families.
July 26, 2013. Wrana, likely delusional from a urinary tract infection, wasn’t letting anyone lay hands on him when nursing home staff came to take him to the hospital for treatment. He batted at an ambulance attendant with his walking cane.
But Victory Home staff decided to call police to force John Wrana to the hospital. When officers arrived, Wrana tried to keep them at bay with things at hand in his room: a shoehorn, then a small knife. The officers called others, and asked a supervisor to bring a plastic riot shield.
John wouldn’t come out, so police decided to escalate, entering Wrana’s room forcibly for “a violent extrication”. Five officers crashed in. The commander, riot shield in left hand and Taser in his right, tried to shock Wrana, but failed.
Taser info 101 for non-
The Taser missed. Taylor then fired a ‘bean bag’ round at Wrana from a range of 5 to 7 feet.
“Bean bag” round-
More Beanbag 101 facts for the non-
“Impact energies between 30 and 90 foot pound are 'dangerous', i.e. contusions, abrasions, broken ribs, concussions, loss of the eyes or superficial organ damage, whereas 'Severe Damage' occurs if impact exceeds 90 foot pounds. 'Severe Damage' includes serious skin lacerations, massive skull fractures, rupture of the heart and kidney, fragmentation of the liver, and hemorrhages. This ammunition has a high probability of being lethal or producing Severe Damage as defined above at less than 5 yds.” The ammo literature also lists areas restricting the use of bean bag rounds, including Chicago, noting “FOID required for all IL Cities.”
So, despite manufacturer and US Army warnings that firing a bean bag round at a person 15 feet or less from you has a “high probability of producing Severe Damage”, Craig Taylor stood at less than half that distance (5 to 7 feet) and opened fire on Wrana, a diminutive, ailing 95 year old war vet.
Taylor then blasted Wrana (who apparently had now been knocked back into the chair) with four additional rounds from the shotgun.
Officer Taylor was the only person on trial. Something appears seriously wrong with Taylor. But something is also seriously wrong with training, discipline and procedure in the Park Forest Police Department and the Victory Center home.
Taylor, 44, muscular, fit and apparently unconcerned, sat with his lawyer Terry Eckel in a press conference before the non-
Eckel: “Everybody believes this was a justified shooting”. Taylor: “I felt that I did my job… what my superiors wanted me to do”. He expressed no emotion when speaking of the shooting, nor did he express even a word of regret for blasting Wrana into eternity. Instead he used the press conference to appeal for public sympathy. Taylor: “My youngest daughter-
The fact that Taylor inserted “em” or “them” instead of “you” at that point may or may not be revealing, but the fact that he inserted his baby daughter into his defense is revolting.
By April 2014 police were claiming they were in fear of their lives. They described the table or steak knife as “a twelve-
Paramedic Chya Hughes claimed the old veteran (apparently seated when they crashed through his door) "jumped out of the chair with the speed of an MMA fighter". Miracles never cease! A 95-
Prosecutors claimed Wrana died after refusing an operation to stanch internal bleeding. Wrana’s family disputes this, saying the vet long had a do-
A doctor called his step-
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